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House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy

I have a pitbull puppy I've only had her for a lil over a week. I have newspapers laid down close to wear she sleeps. She has no problem with going pee pee on the paper but every once in a while if she's too far away from it she'll go somewhere else.

When it comes to pooping sometimes she'll go on the paper and most of the time she'll go poop under one of my tables in the living room. I don't hit her or anything, I just put her in front of her poo or pee and tell her bad girl. If she does it on the papers I go and pet her and tell her good girl a couple of times.

Does anybody on here have any suggestions to help me potty train my pitbull puppy. If so, please help me...

Steff

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House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy03/08/2005
When we got our dog the vet told us the best way to potty train was to use a kennel. He says dog do not like to poop and pee where they sleep so if you kennel them during the day (make sure and put water in the kennel for her to drink) and take her out as soon as you get home she'll learn the place to go poop and pee is outside and will learn to hold it. Another suggestion was once they become familiar with the pattern is to tie a bell on your door and ring it as you take her out. She will hopefully learn to ring the bell when she has to go out. Good luck with the training.
By Victoria. (Guest Post)
House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy03/08/2005
Congratulations on your new arrival! One short week -- your puppy must be excited and scared all at once.

Be patient. Be patient. Be patient. :-)

Here's a website with some great information:
http://www.perfectpaws.com/htrp.html

She's a baby, and she probably isn't physically ready to be completely house trained. One thing that really seems to help is to PRAISE her every time she does it in the right place. Practice your best Oscar performance, and praise her for every little tinkle, as though she has just created Niagara Falls!

Punishment doesn't really work, especially at this stage. Physical readiness is most important, as well as controlling the environment.

Good luck.

By Patti (Guest Post)
House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy03/09/2005
I would try crate training... you can find many informational sites about it and it has always worked best for me. I used to raise Pit Bulls and they are very easy to train so you shouldn't have a problem. Remember not to get too big of a crate also. Best of luck to you!
By Holly (Guest Post)
House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy03/09/2005
I have 2 pitbulls and 1 bulldog. I have to agree with the other posts and crate training is the best. That is what we did with all of our dogs. They were completely house trained by 2 weeks at the latest. I would like to add that it's important to take your puppy out shortly after meals, if not immediately. That is when they are more apt to relieve themselves. Here are some good websites to reference:

http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/cratetraining.htm
http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html
http://www.barkbytes.com/training/crate.htm

Good luck!

By Maribelle (Guest Post)
House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy03/09/2005
I agree with the others. Punishment only makes a dog fear you, and especially at that age. She has no clue. Also a dog forgets almost immediately so if you try to punish them or yell at them, by the time you try to punish they've completely forgotten what they've done. Even if you catch them in the act, redirect & praise because they will react out of fear, not knowledge. How old is she? Even small pups can be taken out in the yard on a leash. You need to take her out often in order to head the mistakes off. If you work outside the home I agree with the crate training. Dogs are natural den lovers. A crate should be a wonderful getaway, not a punishment. Never force her in it. Make it a reward with treats, water, a favorite blanket or whatever. However, don't leave her with anything she could choke on while you're gone. I don't even leave food down when I'm gone for fear they might choke on it. I have to give accolades to you for getting a pitbul with all the controversy about them. I think it's crap. Dogs aren't born mean, people make them that way.
By Vicki (Guest Post)
House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy03/10/2005
My daughter has a 10 month old Pitbull. She got him at 7 weeks old. She started training him by taking him out every hour (of course she is home all day and I don't know if this is an option for you) and then extending it to 2 hours and so on. She also used the kennel when she wasn't at home. It worked really well.
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House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy03/12/2005
I agree with the person who said about using a cage/kennel. If you put your dog in a cage at night then hopefully they won't pee because they hate to go to the toilet where they sleep or where they eat. And don't worry about them not liking a kennel; They get used to it. I had a boxer and he used to 'put himself to bed' when he wa tired. Because he was a bit over excitable it was also useful if visitors came round.
By Kat (Guest Post)
House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy03/16/2005
Pull up those newspapers! Use an odor eliminator where the papers were. You can get some great ones at pet stores.

Now, get that pup outside to do it's business. If you keep the papers down you will only confuse her. Use a crate for times when you cannot watch her every move.

Feed on a schedule. This will make her poops more regular. Feed a high quality dog food. It is worth the cost because you feed less and poops are more firm. We feed PMI Exclusive Chicken & Rice.

Pull up water 3-4 hours before she potties for the last time at night. You will have a dry crate!

When she poops or pees outside give her some playtime ON LEAD. When she does both let her have off lead time to play - supervised of course.

When she is doing either outside praise her to the heavens! When she just starts to go use a command like "hurry up". Say it over and over in a happy voice while she is going, then praise.

You can hang a bell on your door with a piece of ribbon. Hang it on the door she exits to go potty. Hang it about as low as her nose although she'll more than likely bat it with her paw.

Every time you take her outside YOU ring the bell and say "outside!" Do not ever force her to ring the bell. Soon she will ring it on her own. It may take a couple of months of you consistently ringing the bell but eventually she will do it.

I hope this helps.

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By d
House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy12/04/2005
Pick up the papers your puppy goes on, and put them outside, then take her out when you think she is ready to go potty, use the word potty all the time, with the word outside. She will smell her own smell on the papers outside and will get the idea sooner or later, You did not say how old your puppy is, but sounds like she is still very young. It might take a couple of months for her to get the idea that she goes potty outside ! This is what we do when we are housebreaking a puppy. Good luck, and have tons of patience with her. no spanking or yelling at her, you will only confuse her or make her afraid of you, and this you do not want.
By Rosa (Guest Post)
House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy12/05/2005
Most animals do not like to potty or eat near where they sleep. Just like humans they do not wish to smell the potty smell in case it is there too long. Hope this helps, presently a cat owns me and have been owned by many little ones of all species and the above is an observation they taught me.
By Margaret Baylor
House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy12/05/2005
We have a 7 month old Cocker Spaniel, we've had her since she was 8 wks old. Unfortunately she is still not housebroken, but she is VERY close. We use Arm & Hammer puppy pads. I tried other cheaper brands, but they are what you pay for, she had them shredded in minutes. She goes pee and poo on the pads and they are easy to clean up and the pee doesn't leak through (unless you leave it there and it is full). I change them in the morning if she's used it a lot and in the evening. Also try some of the sprays that are used to repel the dog from using a certain area for their "business". Good luck!!
By Shannon Addington
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